DESERT WILLOW & WALNUT FURNITURE

A WS Credenza and a Large Open Record Cabinet, fresh out of the shop. I spend lots of careful time in my lumberyard sorting through walnut to pick juuust the right boards. I'm looking for perfect imperfections, whatever strikes or inspires me. It's a long process, but so necessary. And now, I could gaze into these grains all damn day.

Sometimes the wood I choose needs a little help, though. So I'll create a double-dovetail key or a rectangular key to strengthen knots or weak parts in the wood. Oftentimes, those little bursts of change are just what the eye needs in the design. It's a twofold kind of beauty: strength and artistry.

And that leads me to the sliding dovetail joint; my current my raison d'être. These are incredibly strong joints, so beautiful with their delicate triangular shape, and for me, they are hands-down the most effective way to build something that is going to last. Basically, they're a joint wherein two distinct shapes of two pieces of wood are what gives the joint strength--versus glue or nails or screws or any other fastener you can think of. The sliding dovetail is literally slid into place, and there it stays. Forevvverrrrr. It's a joint that allows the wood to change along with weather and atmospheric changes throughout the piece's life. I'm into them.

The backdrop was made from fresh clippings of Desert Willow, a native tree species in my neck of the woods in between Austin and Bastrop, Texas. They're in full bloom right now all over our yard, and with a name like Desert Willow... how could I resist? Dessert Willow? Second helpings.

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